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BURLINGTON, VT. –

The greater Burlington community came together Sunday for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior day keynote address.

“My mother was just a young woman in her 20s when she witnessed the political assassination of her husband,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, who was just a toddler when her father, famous civil rights activist Malcom X, was killed.

“Often times we complain that we no longer have effective leaders, but you must look into the mirror ladies and gentlemen and understand that you are those leaders that we seek,” Shabazz said.

On Sunday, Shabazz came to Burlington to speak at the 2016, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote address. The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center organizes the annual event, which features famous speakers each year.

“It’s really important that we come together to celebrate today. That we come together and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. Diversity is more and more very important, and so we need to keep the dream alive,” said the Center’s Patrick Brown.

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